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SBC DIGEST: Gateway partners with Boston school; Missionary encouragers ask for prayer

Gateway Seminary partners with Boston School of Ministry

By Tyler Sanders/Gateway

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) – Gateway Seminary has announced a new educational partnership with the Boston School of Ministry in Boston, Mass.

“This partnership will create new opportunities for ministry leadership training in the Boston area,” said Gateway President Jeff Iorg. “We are grateful this local initiative wants their training connected to a seminary program.”

Kevin Scott, director of the Boston School of Ministry (BSM), said the school is focused on providing biblical training for day-to-day ministry work. He also is a Boston-based church planter and entrepreneur, having planted Church at the Well in 2011 and launching The Well Coffee House in 2014.

“Urban settings will be most effectively reached with the Gospel when Christ followers engage in everyday mission,” Scott said.  “We want to partner with the local church to provide quality ministry training to anyone who desires it.”

The BSM will be located in the heart of downtown Boston in order to provide an effective contextualized training platform and accessibility from the Greater Boston area.

Through the partnership, students of a variety educational background will be able to join together for training. Online students in a master’s program will have the opportunity to meet together for voluntary fellowship and study opportunities. Gateway’s D.Min. program will offer Boston-area cohorts for local ministers. Additionally, the BSM will host an ADVANCE Center, a local training location that provides pre-baccalaureate certificates and diplomas in a contextualized setting.

“Partnerships like this are very important to us,” said Adam Groza, vice president of enrollment and student services at Gateway Seminary. “Partners like the BSM are critical in our shared mission of reaching the lost by preparing the next generation of ministry leaders.”

For more information on becoming a student or supporter, visit gs.edu/boston.

Georgia family that traveled continent encouraging missionaries asks for prayer

By Tobin Perry

A Southern Baptist family that has spent the past two and a half years traveling across North America and praying for and encouraging church planters and other missionaries needs the prayers of Southern Baptists now.

Caroline Kilgore, left, had spent over 20 nights in two Georgia hospitals as doctors tried to pin down the source of her stomach problems and lethargy. Caroline’s mother, Casey, says despite the illness, “I will never forget the ways that the Lord has gone before us and provided a way.” Photo from Kilgore family Facebook page

Kevin and Casey Kilgore announced earlier this month that their daughter, Caroline, was being evaluated for potentially having Chron’s disease, a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.

Until doctors released her from the hospital last week, Caroline had spent more than 20 nights in two Georgia hospitals as doctors tried to pin down the source of the stomach problems and lethargy she was experiencing. She began showing symptoms in early December. Doctors have told the family they are about 90 percent sure Caroline has Chron’s disease, a long-term condition that will never fully go away. Doctors hope to confirm the diagnosis in the coming weeks.   

Last fall, Baptist Press reported that the Kilgore family had arrived in Montreal, the 32nd and final North American Mission Board (NAMB) Send City. They’ve ministered in several of those cities multiple times.

Their journey began in August 2021 when they sold their Georgia home and most of their possessions, bought an RV and took off across the continent to meet with, serve alongside and pray on site for Southern Baptist missionaries in North America.

The couple has been long-time members of Southern Baptist churches. Kevin served on the ministry staff of Northside Baptist Church in Tifton, Ga., before heading off on the family’s cross-continent adventure in 2021.   

The Kilgores ask Southern Baptists to pray for Caroline’s health and for their ability to work with doctors to develop a plan for her future care.

“Although the weariness of the last few weeks has felt debilitating, we’ve been able to trace the Lord’s hand in every step of the way,” Casey Kilgore said in a Facebook post earlier this month. “I will never forget the ways that the Lord has gone before us and provided a way.”

To follow the journey of the Kilgores, visit their website and sign up for their newsletter.

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